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“Worth a visit, for everyone”

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Ranked #1 of 13 things to do in Boothbay
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is a natural wonder on 270 acres of shorefront in mid-coast Maine. Strolling through spectacular ornamental gardens and traversing miles of waterfront and woodland trails, visitors are delighted by the beautiful plantings, impressive stonework, waterfalls and fountains, and scenic views. It's no wonder the Gardens have been hailed as one of Maine's top three attractions. The Gardens are open 9-5 April 15 - October 31 (open until 6 pm in July and August). There is a cafe and gift shop on site. A visit at any time is a memorable experience.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 28, 2013

I came here after reading a story about the CMBG in Yankee Magazine, and I can't tell you how much I enjoyed my visit. From the hosts at the handsome Visitor's Center to the staff at the Cafe, everyone was friendly and informative on an extremely busy July afternoon.

I'm not even really a gardener or flower lover, but there is so much more to this place than flowers alone. There's themed areas, like the Five Senses, Meditation, Rhododendron and Children's Gardens. Throughout there are not only educational signs, but water features, sculpture and benches positioned strategically for rest and enjoyable views. It's really a soothing, almost spiritual place celebrating the careful cultivation and respect of nature. There isn't an inch of land that isn't beautiful, and beautifully cared for.

So worth taking a detour to visit! I know it's hard to tear yourself away from the shore while in Maine, but come slightly inland for a few hours. You won't regret it!

Thank Dean R
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Our three generation visited here in July. The gardens are beautiful and well maintained. Lots of plants and displays to look at. There is a huge children's garden with activities. We visited on Friday which is when they celebrate fairies. Costumes to dress u in, fairy activities and storytelling. My family thought they were humoring me to "go look at flowers", but each one enjoyed the time spent there. We ate lunch in the café which was delicious and reasonably priced.

Thank RetiredTravleler
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

My wife and I have been to quite few gardens but we both agree, by far this is the best. Visited the 4th week in July 2013 and it was spectacular. The architecture, the sculptures, the overall design, the colors and variety, the children's area, the volunteers. Everything about this place gets an A+. Please do yourself a favor and go if in the area.

Thank TrayBN
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This was amazing. So much bigger, and elaborate then I anticipated. Think Buchart gardens on a smaller scale. Much to see in many different settings. Day Lilly's were my favorite. Many, many , blooming flowers this time of year. Everything was clearly labeled. Special children's garden. We went in the afternoon and I wished we had gone early in the day to avoid some crowds and the heat of the afternoon sun.
There are shuttles provided to different parts if you don't want to walk, but nothing is really all that far. Again, go early in the day.

Thank KU71
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

On a very recent trip to Portland Maine, we we told not to miss these Beautiful Gardens and fortunately, we made time for them. This is nearly to gorgeous to even discribe, you have to see it to believe it. Whether you're from another state or country, this is an attraction you don't want to miss. We spent nearly 6 hours walking and hiking inside this wonderful Park which was perfect for anyone who wants to see true splender. They have trollies for folks who can't manage to walk the trails, and also for young families with small children. You can get off and spend as much time as you'd like, and be picked up again every 15 mins to go to another lovely location. Check out "infomainegardens.org", and/or "www.Mainegardens.org" for all details, and just go and rejuvinate your spirit. There is a fee of course, but very minamal for what you're going to see. Regular price is 14.00 for adults, Seniors (65+) 12.00, children 3 to 17, 6.00. All credit cards accepted and it's free to all from Dec-March for folks who live in Maine or visiting at that time.

Thank Ladylynn4u2
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